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Recent rain is welcome but much more is needed to return soil moisture levels to normal, says Rick Powdrell, president of Bay of Plenty Federated Farmers. “Our region is much better off than a lot of areas but the rainfall has been varied and we...

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Please leave your fruit and vegetables at home – that's the message from New Zealand's commercial fruit and vegetable growers to everyone attending the World Cup Cricket clash between NZ and Australia tomorrow. The appeal comes after...

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An overnight downpour caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to a pair of 12th Avenue apartments after blocked drains on a flat roof forced water into the building. Plaster ceilings crashed down on to the bedrooms below and poured through light fittings,...

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The wet weather which lashed the Bay of Plenty last night brought more than rain, thunder and lightning to the region, with a number of mini tornados spotted near Apata and Aongetete. One reader reported seeing over six twisters out towards Tauranga Harbour...

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UPDATED 4.51PM: A thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Bay of Plenty. A line of wind convergence is expected in western parts of the Bay of Plenty from late this evening and then slowly drift eastwards overnight to reach eastern Bay of Plenty about...

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“While we had 100 per cent x-ray screening, we had 100 per cent no fruit fly.” That is the message from Horticulture New Zealand's communications manager Leigh Catley as the discovery of fruit fly in Auckland continues to worry growers...

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A report to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council suggests the region's farmers have improved when it comes to complying with dairy effluent rules. A 2014 survey of compliance on dairy farms in the Bay of Plenty demonstrated improved compliance levels,...

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Fire permits are back on the agenda, with significant rainfall lowering the fire danger in the Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga City. From today, Western Bay Moana Rural Fire Authority will be issuing permits for open air fires on a restricted basis. Western...

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A three-week hearing on the resource consent application to leave part of the MV Rena wreck on Astrolabe Reef will begin in June. Bay of Plenty Regional Council announced today that the hearing will run from June 23, but a Tauranga venue for the hearing...

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The kiwifruit industry is seeking assurances that the Ministry for Primary Industries is doing everything it can to lower the chances of pests and disease entering New Zealand. Allan Dawson, managing director of Katikati post-harvest company Aongatete,...

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